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A new array of telescopes will search for life in the universe

The array, which when completed will contain no less than 350 antennas, will be able to photograph large areas of the sky in one go when all the telescopes will work in harmony as one large radio telescope * The hope - will prove the existence of aliens by 2025

Recently, the switch was turned on for a radio telescope array in Hutt Creek, California (about 470 km north of San Francisco) that was specially designed to search for life outside the Earth. The radio telescope array, the funding for its establishment comes from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, includes 350 antennas with a diameter of 6 meters, a feature that makes it one of the largest radio telescope arrays in the world.

The Allen Telescope Array (ATA - Allen Telescope Array) will be able to scan over a million star systems for radio signals generated by intelligent beings. The founders of the array expect that it will help locate unequivocal signals from aliens by the year 2025.

The first light broke out on October 11

ATA will be operated by the STE Institute (the organization that has been searching for extraterrestrial life since the early XNUMXs using radio telescopes' free time and using millions of volunteer computers to analyze the data) and the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. For STI, the ATA telescope will greatly expand the institute's ability to detect signals from intelligent beings and may lead to discoveries of thinking beings elsewhere in the universe, says Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at STI.

On October 11, the first 42 dish antennas in the array began collecting data that will be analyzed to detect alien signals and also assist in conventional radio astronomy tasks. The first images produced by the radio array were radio frequency maps of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Triangulum Galaxy.

ATA telescopes have some interesting features, for example instead of being built by hand, the antennas consist of mass-produced plates and off-the-shelf electronic components. Behind the scenes, digital signal processing software is used to analyze the data and clean up human-made interference that might otherwise distort the results and render their interpretation worthless.

The distribution of the antennas in the array is done carefully so that the instruments work in harmony to take a single picture of a large section of the sky at once.

The strongest array in the world

The creators of ATA claim that even if only 42 antennas operate at the same time, the system competes with the larger arrays in its ability to perform brightness surveys, temperatures and locating radiation sources. When all 350 plates collect data, ATA will enable data collection on a scale previously unknown. The system in its final configuration will be able to explore an area of ​​the sky 17 times larger than the area that can be seen in one image using the very large array in New Mexico.

Allen provided ST and UC Berkeley with a $25 million grant to begin construction work. Other sponsors also added $25 million to complete the project. In addition to discovering life, the two bodies that operate the telescope seek to better understand the nature of phenomena such as supernovae, black holes, as well as exotic astronomical objects that scientists have predicted but never observed.

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    Until 2025?!
    Even if there is, it doesn't seem to me that they are making progress and it will take at least 600 years until we find something (and just maybe!)

  2. breach. We seek intelligent life.
    It is true that there is no certainty about this, but it seems that language is a fundamental component of reason

  3. Before pointing telescopes to the sky, the language problem must first be solved! What language will they speak to them?? The issue of language is not marginal as it seems because language consists of dozens and hundreds of mental components that almost certainly would not say anything to another civilization, for example I understand almost nothing of what is happening here and I was born here!
    In my eyes, the world operates with an internal lack of logic or convoluted logic and perhaps worse than that... simplistic!
    That's why analyzing the language into its components is essential not only to build a suitable search tool in space but also to understand what each other understands here! And this brings us directly back to the Greek period and to the philosophy that another miracle of phlegm and if there are answers...they are with her!
    It reminds of the strange approach in which they try to teach chimpanzees to speak human language instead of the other way around!! Likewise with dogs and other animals!

  4. Even if there is life (and I believe there is) it is not enough. They should have radio technology. The chance that there is such a life in our area strives strongly to zero.

  5. Even with the ancient civilization that no longer exists
    The information that will be received from that civilization will be equal
    gold. It will be a huge leap in all levels of knowledge.
    And even information on how to build your own space elevator.

  6. It seems pointless to me to invest a huge fortune to search for aliens, as it is certain that there is life outside the KA according to statistical calculations, but it is out of our reach due to the limitations of physics.
    Even if they manage to pick up an alien transmission, it is related to an ancient civilization that may no longer exist, because it originated in the distant past.
    It is better, in my opinion, to invest in projects that aim to break the barrier to near space, such as the Proitech space elevator, which can catapult humanity into space in a big step.

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